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Golden State Warriors ‘MVP’ Kevon Looney fuels classic third-quarter barrage to take Game 2

2:25 AM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden State Warriors have a history of big third quarters. No one knows exactly why. Maybe Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gives the best halftime speech around. Maybe it takes them 24 minutes to fully assess how their opponent is approaching the game. Maybe they need …

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Marcus Smart, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert headline NBA’s All-Defensive teams

8:38 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo highlighted the 2021-22 NBA All-Defensive teams, which were announced on Friday night. Smart, the league’s 2021-22 Defensive Player of the Year, earned his third first-team nod. He was joined at the guard spot by …

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Boston Celtics center Al Horford available for Game 2 against Miami Heat

12:35 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI – The Celtics announced Thursday afternoon that Al Horford would be available to play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat. Horford, who abruptly went into the NBA’s health and safety protocols a couple of hours before Boston’s 118-107 Game 1 loss, was upgraded to …

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Timberwolves in talks with Nuggets’ Tim Connelly about president role

The Timberwolves are in serious talks with Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly about the franchise’s vacant President of Basketball Operations role, sources tell The Athletic. The Timberwolves recently requested permission from the Nuggets to speak with Connelly, and the sides have moved beyond exploratory conversations, sources said. There have been no agreements reached yet, and …

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The revolutionary Golden State Warriors defeated Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks by embracing old-school ball

SAN FRANCISCO – Something has dawned on Stephen Curry as the Golden State Warriors stage their first legitimate title quest in nearly three years: He’s now the old guy. “When I look at some of those guys, you’re reminded of how young they are,” Curry said, contemplating the NBA’s starscape while the Warriors prepared for …

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Boston Celtics ‘out-toughed’ as Miami Heat use huge third quarter to take Game 1 behind Jimmy Butler

1:37 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI – The Boston Celtics exited their locker room at halftime Tuesday night in control of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. But then the third quarter happened. And, after the Miami Heat demolished the Celtics, outscoring them 39-14 and using their physicality to send Boston into a death …

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Celtics-Heat preview: Jayson Tatum vs. Jimmy Butler, breaking down defenses, predictions and more

If it feels like the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are always in the Eastern Conference finals, well, there is a reason. The Celtics have reached the conference finals four times in the last six seasons but have yet to get to the NBA Finals during that stretch. This is Miami’s seventh trip to the …

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LeBron James Twitter Q&A – Still planning to play with Bronny; names Luka Doncic as his favorite player

12:13 AM ET Tory BarronESPN Editor Close Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’re probably privy to the fact LeBron James and the …

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Woman granted emergency protective order against Rajon Rondo, alleges Cleveland Cavaliers point guard threatened her with gun

The NBA on Monday said it’s in the process of gathering more information after veteran point guard Rajon Rondo allegedly threatened a woman with a gun at her house last week. The woman filed for an emergency protective order against Rondo on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN’s Baxter …

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